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The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany
     

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

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by William L. Shirer, Grover Gardner (Read by)
 

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No other powerful empire ever bequeathed such mountains of evidence about its birth and destruction as the Third Reich. When the bitter war was over, and before the Nazis could destroy their files, the Allied demand for unconditional surrender produced an almost hour-by-hour record of the nightmare empire built by Adolph Hitler. This record included the testimony of

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No other powerful empire ever bequeathed such mountains of evidence about its birth and destruction as the Third Reich. When the bitter war was over, and before the Nazis could destroy their files, the Allied demand for unconditional surrender produced an almost hour-by-hour record of the nightmare empire built by Adolph Hitler. This record included the testimony of Nazi leaders and of concentration camp inmates, the diaries of officials, transcripts of secret conferences, army orders, private letters -- all the vast paperwork behind Hitler's drive to conquer the world.

The famed foreign correspondent and historian William L. Shirer, who had watched and reported on the Nazis since 1925, spent five and a half years sifting through this massive documentation. The result is a monumental study that has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of one of the most frightening chapters in the history of mankind.

Here is the complete story of Hitler's empire, one of the most important stories ever told, written by one of the men best equipped to write it.

Editorial Reviews

H. R. Trevor-Roper
How can we even look objectively on the Third Reich? It was the greatest, most horrible phenomenon of the twentieth century...Now, as never before, the living witnesses can converge with the historical truth. All they need is a historian. In William L. Shirer they have found him. Books of the Century, The New York Times review, October, 1960
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"One of the most important works of history of our time." -Orville Prescott The New York Times

"The New York Times Book Review A splendid work of scholarship, objective in method, sound in judgment, inescapable in its conclusions." —Hugh Trevor-Roper

"A monumental work, a grisly and thrilling story." —Theodore H. White

"One of the most spectacular stories ever told." -John Gunther

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09/01/2010
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... Germanism and was skeptical of his Roman Catholic clericalism and his loyalty to the Hapsburgs. Had not the old Emperor Franz-Josef twice refused to sanction Lueger's election as burgomaster?

But in the end Hitler was forced to acknowledge the genius of this man who knew how to win the support of the masses, who understood modern social problems and the importance of propaganda and oratory in swaying the multitude. Hitler could not help but admire the way Lueger dealt with the powerful Church — "his policy was fashioned with infinite shrewdness." And, finally, Lueger "was quick to make use of all available means for winning the support of long-established institutions, so as to be able to derive the greatest possible advantage for his movement from those old sources of power."

Here in a nutshell were the ideas and techniques which Hitler was later to use in constructing his own political party and in leading it to power in Germany. His originality lay in his being the only politician of the Right to apply them to the German scene after the First World War. It was then that the Nazi movement, alone among the nationalist and conservative parties, gained a great mass following and, having achieved this, won over the support of the Army, the President of the Republic and the associations of big business — three "long-established institutions" of great power, which led to the chancellorship of Germany. The lessons learned in Vienna proved useful indeed.

Dr. Karl Lueger had been a brilliant orator, but the Pan-German Party had lacked effective public speakers. Hitler took notice of this and in Mein Kampf makes much of the importance of oratory in politics.

The power which has always started the greatest religious and political avalanches in history rolling has from time immemorial been the magic power of the spoken word, and that alone.

The broad masses of the people can be moved only by the power of speech. All great movements are popular movements, volcanic eruptions of human passions and emotional sentiments, stirred either by the cruel Goddess of Distress or by the firebrand of the word hurled among the masses; they are not the lemonade-like outpourings of the literary aesthetes and drawing-room heroes.

Though refraining from actual participation in Austrian party politics, young Hitler already was beginning to practice his oratory on the audiences which he found in Vienna's flophouses, soup kitchens and on its street corners. It was to develop into a talent (as this author, who later was to listen to scores of his most important speeches, can testify) more formidable than any other in the Germany between the wars, and it was to contribute in a large measure to his astounding success.

And finally in Hitler's Vienna experience there were the Jews. In Linz, he says, there had been few Jews. "At home I do not remember having heard the word during my father's lifetime." At high school there was a Jewish boy — "but we didn't give the matter any thought...I even took them [the Jews] for Germans."

According to Hitler's boyhood friend, this is not the truth. "When I first met Adolf Hitler," says August Kubizek, recalling their days together in Linz, "his anti-Semitism was already pronounced...Hitler was already a confirmed anti-Semite when he went to Vienna. And although his experiences in Vienna might have deepened this feeling, they certainly did not give birth to it."

"Then," says Hitler, "I came to Vienna."

Preoccupied by the abundance of my impressions...oppressed by the hardship of my own lot, I gained at first no insight into the inner stratification of the people in this gigantic city. Notwithstanding that Vienna in those days counted nearly two hundred thousand Jews among its two million inhabitants, I did not see them...The Jew was still characterized for me by nothing but his religion, and therefore on grounds of human tolerance I maintained my rejection of religious attacks in this case as in others. Consequently the tone of the Viennese anti-Semitic press seemed to me unworthy of the cultural tradition of a great nation.

One day, Hitler recounts, he went strolling through the Inner City. "I suddenly encountered an apparition in a black caftan and black side-locks. Is this a Jew? was my first thought. For, to be sure, they had not looked like that in Linz. I observed the man furtively and cautiously, but the longer I stared at this foreign face, scrutinizing feature for feature, the more my first question assumed a new form: Is this a German?"

Hitler's answer may be readily guessed. He claims, though, that before answering he decided "to try to relieve my doubts by books." He buried himself in anti-Semitic literature, which had a large sale in Vienna at the time. Then he took to the streets to observe the "phenomenon" more closely. "Wherever I went," he says, "I began to see Jews, and the more I saw, the more sharply they became distinguished in my eyes from the rest of humanity...Later I often grew sick to the stomach from the smell of these caftan-wearers."

Next, he says, he discovered the "moral stain on this 'chosen people'...Was there any form of filth or profligacy, particularly in cultural life, without at least one Jew involved in it? If you cut even cautiously into such an abscess, you found, like a maggot in a rotting body, often dazzled by the sudden light — a kike!" The Jews were largely responsible, he says he found, for prostitution and the white-slave traffic. "When for the first time," he relates, "I recognized the Jew as the cold-hearted, shameless and calculating director of this revolting vice traffic in the scum of the big city, a cold shudder ran down my back."

There is a great deal of morbid sexuality in Hitler's ravings about the Jews. This was characteristic of Vienna's anti-Semitic press of the time, as it later was to be of the obscene Nuremberg weekly Der Stuermer, published by one of Hitler's favorite cronies, Julius Streicher, Nazi boss of Franconia, a noted pervert and one of the most unsavory characters in the Third Reich. Mein Kampf is sprinkled with lurid allusions to uncouth Jews seducing innocent Christian girls and thus adulterating their blood. Hitler can write of the "nightmare vision of the seduction of hundreds of thousands of girls by repulsive, crooked-legged Jew bastards." As Rudolf Olden has pointed out, one of the roots of Hitler's anti-Semitism may have been his tortured sexual envy. Though he was in his early twenties, so far as is known he had no relations of any kind with women during his sojourn in Vienna.

"Gradually," Hitler relates, "I began to hate them...For me this was the time of the greatest spiritual upheaval I have ever had to go through. I had ceased to be a weak-kneed cosmopolitan and become an anti-Semite."

He was to remain a blind and fanatical one to the bitter end; his last testament, written a few hours before his death, would contain a final blast against the Jews as responsible for the war which he had started and which was now finishing him and the Third Reich. This burning hatred, which was to infect so many Germans in that empire, would lead ultimately to a massacre so horrible and on such a scale as to leave an ugly scar on civilization that will surely last as long as man on earth.

In the spring of 1913, Hitler left Vienna for good and went to live in Germany, where his heart, he says, had always been. He was twenty-four and to everyone except himself he must have seemed a total failure. He had not become a painter, nor an architect. He had become nothing, so far as anyone could see, but a vagabond — an eccentric, bookish one, to be sure. He had no friends, no family, no job, no home. He had, however, one thing: an unquenchable confidence in himself and a deep, burning sense of mission.

Probably he left Austria to escape military service. This was not because he was a coward but because he loathed the idea of serving in the ranks with Jews, Slavs and other minority races of the empire. In Mein Kampf Hitler states that he went to Munich in the spring of 1912, but this is an error. A police register lists him as living in Vienna until May 1913.

His own stated reasons for leaving Austria are quite grandiose.

My inner revulsion toward the Hapsburg State steadily grew...I was repelled by the conglomeration of races which the capital showed me, repelled by this whole mixture of Czechs, Poles, Hungarians, Ruthenians, Serbs, and Croats, and everywhere the eternal mushroom of humanity — Jews, and more Jews. To me the giant city seemed the embodiment of racial desecration...The longer I lived in this city the more my hatred grew for the foreign mixture of peoples which had begun to corrode this old site of German culture...For all these reasons a longing rose stronger and stronger in me to go at last whither since my childhood secret desires and secret love had drawn me.

His destiny in that land he loved so dearly was to be such as not even he, in his wildest dreams, could have then imagined. He was, and would remain until shortly before he became Chancellor, technically a foreigner, an Austrian, in the German Reich. It is only as an Austrian who came of age in the last decade before the collapse of the Hapsburg Empire, who failed to take root in its civilized capital, who embraced all the preposterous prejudices and hates then rife among its German-speaking extremists and who failed to grasp what was decent and honest and honorable in the vast majority of his fellow citizens, were they Czechs or Jews or Germans, poor or well off, artists or artisans, that Hitler can be understood. It is doubtful if any German from the north, from the Rhineland in the west, from East Prussia or even from Bavaria in the south could have had in his blood and mind out of any possible experience exactly the mixture of ingredients which propelled Adolf Hitler to the heights he eventually reached. To be sure, there was added a liberal touch of unpredictable genius.

But in the spring of 1913 his genius had not yet shown. In Munich, as in Vienna, he remained penniless, friendless and without a regular job. And then in the summer of 1914 the war came, snatching him, like millions of others, into its grim clutches. On August 3 he petitioned King Ludwig Ill of Bavaria for permission to volunteer in a Bavarian regiment and it was granted.

This was the heaven-sent opportunity. Now the young vagabond could satisfy not only his passion to serve his beloved adopted country in what he says he believed was a fight for its existence — "to be or not to be" — but he could escape from all the failures and frustrations of his personal life.

"To me," he wrote in Mein Kampf, "those hours came as a deliverance from the distress that had weighed upon me during the days of my youth. I am not ashamed to say that, carried away by the enthusiasm of the moment, I sank down on my knees and thanked Heaven out of the fullness of my heart for granting me the good fortune of being permitted to live in such a time...For me, as for every German, there now began the most memorable period of my life. Compared to the events of this gigantic struggle all the past fell away into oblivion."

For Hitler the past, with all its shabbiness, loneliness and disappointments, was to remain in the shadows, though it shaped his mind and character forever afterward. The war, which now would bring death to so many millions, brought for him, at twenty-five, a new start in life.

Copyright © 1959, 1960 by William L. Shirer
Copyright renewed © 1987, 1988 by William L. Shirer
Afterword copyright © 1990 by William L. Shirer

Meet the Author

Ron Rosenbaum is the bestselling author of Explaining Hitler and The Shakespeare Wars and has written or edited six other books. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Harper’s, The Atlantic, and The New Yorker. He writes a column for Slate and lives in New York City.

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Rise and Fall of the Third Reich 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 148 reviews.
KBP More than 1 year ago
The Nook version of this great books IS NOT the 50th anniversary edition as pictured and advertised. It is the Rosetta Books version of a couple of years ago. It does not have the new forward by Ron Rosenbaum nor any of the other additional content.
Azpooldude More than 1 year ago
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, by William Shirer, is without question The, most informative, well written account of the years from Hitler's birth until the end of World War Two in May of 1945, that I have ever read. This is the "Grand-Daddy" of them all, a must read for those interested in learning about this unforgettable time is world history. First released in 1959, this book is still readily available, half a century later, in all major book stores. A massive book, my paperback copy is 1,596 pages,(some of this books chapter's would be the subject of whole books written by other authors)is a surprisingly very fast read. Many have commented that it was so interesting, they could not put it down. Others have said that they read it straight through-I can see why. Starting from the birth of Adolph Hitler, until the end of the Third Reich, William Shirer shares his actual experiences during the years, 1934-1940, where he was an American correspondent for CBS News and was regarded as one of the most respected U.S. journalist in wartime Europe. We are treated to first hand accounts of life in the Nazis Germany by Mr. Shirer, who had the opportunity to meet with many of the Hitler's inner circle, to include Goering and Dr. Goebbels, attended the Nazis rallies in Nuremberg and was present during many important events. He also was the reporter to scoop the French surrender to the Nazis in 1940. Besides living in Europe, Mr. Shirer offers numerous footnotes, personal journal entries from Hitler's generals and actual testimonies from the Nuremberg War Trails in 1946, that add incredible historical facts to the book. Much of the material was captured by the Allies after the war and made available to archivist and researchers. Of interest is how William Shirer managed to smuggle out his notes and papers, as he fled Nazi Germany during the hight of the war to return home to America, is a story in itself. In the book, the Nazis rise to power, and all its key players, the appeasement of Neville Chamberlain, and Hitler's lies to annex Czechoslovakia and other countries leading up to the beginning of the war are explained to the fullest. How the United Stated got involved in the war and Hitler's use of Mussolini and Japan are quite astonishing. Everything about the war is covered, from Russia to the Baltic, to the war in the Atlantic to North Africa and how the fast moving German Army was finally slowed down and eventually stopped. Be warned that many of the Nazis atrocities are explained in detail to complete the full picture of this horrid nightmare in human history. The later part of the book gives the final account of the Reich and how its lunatic dictator and his loyal followers, still thought that the war could be won. Unknown to many is that when the Nazis realized that the war was lost, they thought they could enter into a pact with the West to defeat the hated Russians, unaware that the Allies had already agreed amongst themselves that an unconditional surrender was the only way to end the war. The final days and collapse of the Third Reich, the death of Hitler and his henchmen, is well documented as well. There is too much to comment on in a short review, but this book deserves a place on every bookshelf. A shocking story, that needs to be told and retold over and over ,hence history should not repeat itself. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich is a true classic. Robert Glasker
Blackville More than 1 year ago
I'm not a fast reader and I dove into the nearly 1,200-page tome with the understanding that I would probably devote the next month or two to the quest of gaining a much fuller understanding of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany. I thought it would be worth the effort and I was right. William Shirer's engrossing narrative provides a virtual "everything you ever wanted to know" about the Third Reich from the vantage point of someone who was actually there! A few reviewers have carped about his tendancy toward journalistic license at the expense of academic research, but I was able to overlook this in much the same way that I got past the same criticisms while reading Shelby Foote's wonderful three-volume account of The Civil War. Dry historic research is okay for dry historic researchers. But, most popular writers are going to have some sort of bias, and Shirer can't avoid his need to remind us that frequently the Nazis were really BAD people and did really BAD things. This I do not mind .. I appreciate it in fact.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Shirer does a masterful job of explaining some of the reasoning behind the emergence of a tyrant like Hitler. Please bear in mind that this book is nearly 1200 pages long, but that the chronology of WW2 does not start until the book is halfway through! However, this is the beauty of Shirer's narrative: he realizes the importance of explaining WHY events came to be. He has the heart of a true historian - to have an understanding of events that lead up to a watershed moment... Shirer's read on the Battle at Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain, the intervention of the US in the war, Hitler's constant head games with his generals - the events are revealed in, at times, painstaking detail, yet they shed light in a unique way... Shirer was THERE - US news correspondent in Germany - during those years when Nazism seemed an unstoppable force (1933-1940). He heard many of Hitler's hypnotic speeches to the German multitude first hand. What better witness to those times than he? This book can provide the reader a comprehensive view of the events in Europe during the years 1933-1945. If you've an interest in reading what the pulse of Europe was like in and around September, 1939 - read this book.
avidscribe More than 1 year ago
This is a comment on this 50th Ann. Reprint of this book. I bought this book from Book of the Month Club 50 years ago and eventually donated my copy to my local public library. I decided to check out the latest edition and had heard questionable comments about the eBook edition so I opted for the paperback version instead. My complaint is that in the original 50 year-old copy . . . there were many photographs. In this watered down ann. edition there is NOT ONE SINGLE PICTURE OR MAP reproduced. I'm sure Simon & Schuster have enough money in the bank to afford to include ALL of the information from the original edition. A VERY DISAPPOINTED CUSTOMER!!!!!!!!!!!!! I should have kept my copy . . . .
murdocksdad More than 1 year ago
Love this book, so much to learn about such an interesting and scary time in our history. Well written, I love this book!
Teacher_Grant More than 1 year ago
William Shirer's Rise and Fall remains the very best book on the genre of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany. Shirer very meticulously studied, witnessed and described in lurid detail the history of Nazi Germany. For any student of World War II history or for someone writing a report, this book is an absolute MUST.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The most terrifying and illuminating book I've ever read - don't let the length scare you away! I couldn't put it down and I'm now reading it for the second time. Listening to conservative talk radio after reading this book really gives me the creeps - I wish they'd read this before promoting 1. the end of judicial independence 2. a more pro-state press and 3. a more nationalist platform in acadamia!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What does one say about a classic like this? Shirer was one of the most prominent and famous journalists of his day. An excellent writer, this man reported on-the-scene from Germany as the world-shaking events described here took place. So, this book reads as good as any other history of Nazi Germany. But, fifty years have gone by. What does it matter? A great deal. By now, almost all the archives of the nations involved in this struggle have been released. Shirer had access to none of these. The first set of documents was released in the 1970s, but that was nothing compared to what came after the end of the Cold War, in the 1990s. If all you want is history as an exciting story and a great read, this book will do. And I do agree that it is so well-written that you can't put it down (I first read it when it appeared in 1960-1970). But, why be satisfied with this, when you can read any of at least twenty comparable histories, each of which is replete with the kind of detail and analysis that is missing here? You want length and completeness? Try Richard Evans's three-volume "The Coming of the Third Reich" etc. You want state-of-the-art academic studies? Try Peter Longerich's "Holocaust" or Christopher Browning's "The Origins of the Final Solution." There is even something to be said for briefer accounts; look at Deborah Dwork's "Holocaust," a superb introduction, in four hundred pages, and filled with the kind of thing totally unavailable when Shirer wrote: Excerpts from gripping contemporary personal diaries, long-classified documents and transcripts from many of the governments, and photographs that only came to light in the last decade. I hate to criticize such a well-written work, but you really can do better, and just as interesting. If you want to sample Shirer, try his "Berlin Diary," published while these events were occurring, and even his three-volume autobiography, "Twentieth Century Journey."
svsu More than 1 year ago
This book is simply the best read on Hitlers Germany from 1933-1945. I first read this book in 1982. I plan on buying the ebook. It was first published in 1960.
RCK More than 1 year ago
I found the book to be excellent in giving an overall picture of Hitler's rise and fall. It is thoroughly documented which allows the reader to delve deeper into the subject if he or she wants to. Although originally criticized for being a history book written by a reporter, and not a historian, it has withstood the test of time and would make an excellent resource for any historian. It is also an easy read for the non-historian who wants to become familiar with the Nazi era. The book also is very relevant to our time, especially Hitler's rise. It shows democracy's greatest enemy and weakness is people's lack of faith in democracy. No one in the Wiemar Republic believed in a deomcractic republic. They either wanted Soviet style communism or the return of the Hapsburg monarchy. The book also shows that Hitler's greatest weapon in dealing with other countries was fear. Great Britain and France were afraid of another war with Germany like World War I so they tried to appease Hitler. The book shows that if Great Britain and France simply enforced the Treaty of Versailles World War II would not have occurred and Hitler would have been easily disposed of. My one criticism of this book is that it has no pictures or maps or charts. Pictures and charts would help keep track of who the less famous characters were. Maps would help in seeing where the fighting was going on, where the concentration camps were, how much territory was conquered, etc.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Captures your attention from page one. Definitely a great read would recommend it. I read more fiction than non-fiction but this book is worth putting some of my mystery novels on hold!
Beirut768 More than 1 year ago
The late William Shirer left us one of the very few sober accounts written about Hitler and Nazi Germany.
The credence of this book lays in the fact that the author lived in Germany, witnessed and felt the pulse of the WWII events.
We do not see many silly `labelling' of Adolph Hitler `the mad man', his `illegitimate father'. Or Hitler loitering the street of Vienna `roaming on his face', having failed his exams at National Art Academy, deciding to avenge from Austria `to vindicate his honour'.

In this book we can learn the early events that led to WWII.
We can see how Churchill's reticence to respond to many peace overtures Hitler offered in 1939 and after - when the British and French leaders were fighting much among themselves - hampered the quest for reconciliation.

Shirer spoke the language and mixed with the German people, he ate with them, rode their buses, listened to their radio, read their newspapers, and what is appreciable though is nowhere in the book one can see accusations that Hitler was a world threat - no wonder why the author was blacklisted in the early fifties for his daring and open-minded views.

Shirer couldn't have possibly seen how Paul Reynaud, the French Premier, listened to his mistress - Madame Helene de Portes - to sign the armistice with Germany at the time Churchill was equivocal with his promises to help France when Roosevelt was unprepared.
Shirer wrote on Page 740 "Hitler was determined above all not to allow the French Fleet to fall into the hands of the British"........."the armistice terms were designed to keep a French government functioning on French soil, and the French Fleet neutralized"... Whereas Churchill had aimed at getting the fleet scuttled because he was not sure the French were able to fight from North Africa, and sending the fleet to British waters would have been a liability on GB. Churchill would be held responsible for French towns destruction from the German air raids `as long as Britain held the French fleet'.

This is a great book to read, and a must read by scholars....
Guest More than 1 year ago
By far the best book i've ever read and i plan on reading it again soon. It's amazing how much detail Shirer goes in to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book for senior and Junior high students. Not just them but adults to. This Novel includes many great facts about Hitler and the Rise of Nazi Germany. It also includes many interesting facts about his child hood.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read the entire book twice- word to word- and have never quite come across any work that is more lucid in covering the second worldwar this comprehensively. Though we have the History channel doing quite a good job depicting footages of Hitler's ruffians at work during the war it has nothing to show on prewar details of Hitler or the reasons that lead to the war. That is where this book comes into picture, it traces Hitler's family back to his Grandma, depicts his youth and his life in Vienna, his joining the Nazi party and then sequence of events that lead him to be installed as the Chancellor of Germany, the Nazification of Germany and then the sequence of events that fuelled the world war. Coverage of the genocide of the Jews and the Balkans has been carried very comprehensively. Details of the final communiations between Hitler and his commanders from the Feurhers bunker has always been very fascinating to me, I find it incredible that this author has been able to present such details of transactions at those times. In all a must read for everyone to understand the reasons that lead to the war and the sequences of Nazification of Germany.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is true to itself in that it starts way back in the 1920's and goes through the Nuremberg Trials. It doesn't go into much detail as to the actual battles, but rather stays at a high level for those. Mostly it deals with the social issues, politics and actions of the Nazi Party. There are some sections that are tough to read without wondering how humans can shut off their emotions and do the kind of things described. Everything is heavily footnoted and those are almost another book unto itself. My only complaints are some of the author's overuse of derogatory words to slam many people he is describing. It isn't that the terms aren't necessarily false, it just diminishes the passage, for me anyway, into name calling. The hardback is huge and HEAVY. While reading in bed, be sure to put it down if you are starting to nod off. This book will wake you up if you drop it, especially on you nose! Of course, that is one of the advantages of the Nook Book. Although I found the links to more content really hard to navigate back. It would sometimes not work and other times take me somewhere else entirely from where I had come from. I advise remembering the page, just in case. I still go back to sections from time to time. I find it amazing that Hitler and his group could get away with so much. However, all I have to do is look at today's news to see what Russia, North Korea, China, etc. get away with and wonder if we even learned any lessons. I would give it 4.5, but since I can't it gets 4.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had, for some time, wished to read about WW2 specifically to understand the facts about what happened and to get a feel for the mindset of the Nazis and why they did what they did. This book not only answered my questions but did so with an interesting storyline that read like a novel. The author was there and captured the details of the progression better than anyone else could have possibly done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A powerful and compelling book. A must-read for anyone curious about the rise of Nazi Germany.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read. Gives a great view into the treachery of Hitler and the Third Riech.
Cheryl44CP More than 1 year ago
If you want to begin to understand 20th Century history you have to read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read for anyone interested in how for people can be led off track by a magnetic personality
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a classic. Nook edition great. Everyone should read this so it never happens again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An excellent book for both research purposes and for enjoyment. Anyone interested in the Second World War will find this book impossible to put down. William L. Shirer is the ultimate author on this aspect of German history.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Shirer presents an enjoyable book, with fantastic supporting documents, on the events and negotiations during the events of WWII.